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Fort MacArthur Cub Scout roundup begins

Webelo Scouts take aim at their targets as they prepare to qualify on how to safely use BB guns.

Webelo Scouts take aim at their targets as they prepare to qualify on how to safely use BB guns.

LOS ANGELES AFB, CA -- Have you seen this banner recently as you enter or depart the Los Angeles Air Force Base housing areas? If so, you've been exposed to the Fort MacArthur's Cub Scout Pack 665 campaign to recruit new members.

Promising "Fun at Every Turn," the racing theme is the heart of one of the most extensive efforts to sign up new members in Cub Scouting history. Pack 665, sponsored by the Los Angeles AFB Spouses' Club, purchased the banners with their logo to attract attention to their Cub Scout Roundup Sept. 9, and to remind parents and Cub Scouts of upcoming events.

Roundup is the event where current pack members and boys who are new to scouting register for the new Cub Scouting year which runs concurrent with the new school year. This year's Roundup will take place at the Cabrillo Youth Waterfront Sports Center located at 3000 Shoshonean Road from noon to 3 p.m. Pizza and refreshments will be served.

Cub Scouting provides a year-round educational program for boys to build character, encourage spiritual growth, strengthen the family, and develop personal fitness. Boys in grades 1-3 are eligible to become tiger, wolf or bear Cub Scouts, and boys in grades 4-5 are eligible to join the Webelos.

Pack 665 normally holds its weekly den and monthly pack meetings in Bldg. 37, room 209, at Fort MacArthur, but there are several pack-sponsored events, such as camping and model rocketry, that take place elsewhere.

The most recent event was the July Pacifica District Summer Day Camp at the Cabrillo Youth Waterfront Sports Center. The week-long camp, themed Hawaiian Cubs, featured archery, boating, crafts, outdoor cooking, sporting events and swimming. The Webelos were trained and qualified on how to fire BB guns. The highlight of the camp was an exhibition on Polynesian lore, music and dance. In reverence to country, the Cub Scouts also took part in a flag retiring ceremony during a Thursday-evening campfire courtesy of the Los Angeles AFB Honor Guard.

A few upcoming events include Scout Day and Scout Eggdrop at Dodger Stadium, Sept. 16; Cub Scout Family Fall Encampment at the Firestone Scout Reservation, Oct. 27-29; and Space Derby, Nov. 18.

Funding for these events is earned by the Cub Scouts themselves through the sale of popcorn in the fall and from contributions made through the Combined Federal Campaign.

To learn more about these events and fundraising locations or scouting in general, contact the Cubmaster for Pack 665, Mr. Brian Stine, at stinebrian@yahoo. com or 310-831-4922.